Alcohol Use Disorder: Cultural Factors

Cultural factors can be important predictors of alcohol use disorder (AUD) across various population segments. The scope of AUD includes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) classifications of alcohol abuse or dependence. This entry focuses on describing the cultural factors associated with AUD, such as acculturation, nativity, ethnicity, and perceived discrimination.


In prior research, a higher level of acculturation is operationally defined as more use of English, more social interactions with the people one lives with, and/or values thought to be characteristics of the American lifestyle. Although there have been inconsistent results from research, the majority of studies have found a correlation between high acculturation and high AUD and alcohol use. These studies predominantly involved samples of Latino/Hispanic Americans. For example, a ...

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